Hospitality

  • December 14, 2017

    Pa. Gambling Board Issues $1M Fine Against Tribal Casino

    Mohegan Sun Pocono, a gambling establishment owned and operated by the Mohegan Tribe, has been fined $1 million for failing to follow internal safeguards against fraud and working with unlicensed vendors, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced Wednesday, the largest fine levied since the board was founded in 2004.

  • December 14, 2017

    City In Iowa Challenges Approval Of Nearby Tribal Gambling

    An Iowa city filed suit in federal court Wednesday challenging the National Indian Gaming Commission’s decision allowing a Nebraska tribe to use land in the Hawkeye State for gambling, contending that the determination is contrary to the law and would threaten the city’s nearby gambling facilities.

  • December 14, 2017

    Wynn Resorts Paying $336M For 38 Acres Of Las Vegas Land

    Wynn Resorts Ltd. is buying roughly 38 acres of Las Vegas land across from the Wynn Las Vegas through multiple transactions for a combined $336 million, according to an announcement from Wynn on Thursday.

  • December 13, 2017

    Macaroni Grill Ch. 11 Plan Disclosure OK'd Without Valuation

    The Chapter 11 plan disclosure statement of chain restaurant Macaroni Grill received approval Wednesday from a Delaware judge after she determined it contained enough information for creditors and didn’t need to include a valuation of the debtor.

  • December 13, 2017

    Pod Hotel Chain Says PodShare Rival Infringing TM

    The New York-based operator of The Pod Hotels chain sued PodShare Inc. on Tuesday in California federal court, alleging the Los Angeles-located competitor’s use of the term "pod hotel" to describe its rentable spaces confuses and misleads consumers and infringes its trademarks.

  • December 13, 2017

    Blind Advocate Fights Fla. Arena's Bid To Nix ADA Suit

    A blind man now suing a sports and entertainment arena for allegedly failing to make its website accessible urged a Florida federal court Tuesday not to nix his Americans with Disabilities Act case, arguing he does have a stake in the matter and sufficiently detailed his claims.

  • December 13, 2017

    Equinox Calls Hotel Trademark Lawsuit 'Abuse'

    High-end gym giant Equinox struck back Tuesday at a trademark lawsuit aimed at blocking it from expanding into the hotel business, calling the case “an abuse of the judicial system.”

  • December 13, 2017

    'Filmchella' Can't Be 'Filmchilla' Either, Judge Says

    A California federal judge ruled Wednesday that the organizers of an upstart movie festival called “Filmchella” — already hit with an injunction after being sued by the Coachella music festival for trademark infringement — also cannot use the name “Filmchilla."

  • December 13, 2017

    Singapore REIT, Trust Snag $727M In New Loans

    Singapore-based OUE Hospitality Trust on Wednesday said it had inked deals for SG$980 million ($727.2 million) in new credit facilities the company plans to use to pay down existing loans.

  • December 13, 2017

    River Cruise Co. Settles EEOC Suit Over Illegal Firings

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and American Queen Steamboat Co. asked a Tennessee judge on Tuesday to sign off on their joint settlement of an EEOC lawsuit against a river cruise line executive over the allegedly retaliatory firing of two employees.

  • December 13, 2017

    Costa Rica Condo Owners Seek Confirmation Of $1.5M Award

    Owners of units in a Costa Rican luxury condo development asked an Arizona federal court Tuesday to confirm an arbitration award of more than $1.5 million against the resort’s developer while also seeking damages for the developer’s alleged neglect of the condos.

  • December 13, 2017

    Swedish Hotel Co. Scoops Up $1.1B Lone Star Portfolio

    Swedish hotel owner Pandox AB and a partner agreed to buy a 37-property portfolio and its name from private equity firm Lone Star Funds for $1.1 billion, the company said Wednesday.

  • December 12, 2017

    Spa Worker Must Arbitrate Claims Over Rape Allegation

    A spa facialist who worked onboard a Princess Cruise Lines ship must arbitrate her claim against her spa company employer over an alleged rape that took place while she was off-duty, although her claims against the cruise line can remain in court, a Florida federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • December 12, 2017

    Mass. Vending Co. Owners Sentenced For Illegal Gaming

    The owners of vending machine company Four Star Vending in North Andover pled guilty and were sentenced for running an illegal gaming and money laundering scheme that netted the largest seizure in the history of Massachusetts' money laundering statute, the state’s attorney general said Tuesday.

  • December 12, 2017

    McCormick & Schmick's Workers Sue For Sexual Harassment

    Five Latina women who have worked in low-wage positions at McCormick & Schmick’s restaurant in Boston's Faneuil Hall accused the company of discrimination in a lawsuit filed in Massachusetts state court on Tuesday, saying they were consistently sexually harassed on the job.

  • December 12, 2017

    NY Catering Hall Hit With Forced Labor, Visa Fraud Charges

    Two men in Long Island, New York, who allegedly lured Filipino immigrants to the United States with false promises of good jobs in the hospitality business only to force them to work for substandard wages at a catering hall now face charges of forced labor and visa fraud, the federal government said on Monday.

  • December 12, 2017

    Gawker, Deadspin Libel Suit Set For Feb. 14 Trial

    A sports gambling guru and a Deadspin.com writer accused of defaming him will go head to head in New York bankruptcy court after a judge set a Feb. 14 trial date to determine whether the journalist is protected by an injunction tied to the sale of the website’s bankrupt former parent Gawker Media.

  • December 12, 2017

    The Top 10 Trademark Rulings Of 2017

    From Cheerios box trade dress to generic “googling” to a blockbuster U.S. Supreme Court decision, 2017 was another bumper year for major rulings in trademark law. Here are the 10 you need to remember.

  • December 12, 2017

    Winstead, Haynes And Boone Steer $55M Calif. Hyatt Loan

    Winstead PC represented Rael Development Corp. in connection with its $55 million construction loan from Haynes and Boone LLP-counseled Hall Structured Finance for a Hyatt hotel and retail project in Palm Springs, California, according to an announcement on Tuesday from the companies.

  • December 12, 2017

    DOL Extends Comment Deadline On Tip Pool Rollback

    The U.S. Department of Labor has extended a deadline for comments on its proposal to let hospitality employers redistribute workers’ tips if they pay at least minimum wage, after lawmakers and workers’ advocates called on the agency to give stakeholders more time to weigh in.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: An Update From The DOJ

    Daniel Kahn

    U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors and law enforcement partners have secured more foreign bribery-related trial convictions and guilty pleas this year than in any other year in the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in fact by almost twice as much. These are all significant cases with significant impacts, says Daniel Kahn, chief of the DOJ's FCPA Unit.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Weighing Wedding Cake Questions At The High Court

    Joel Kurtzberg

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. While there are many ways the court could slice this case, it seems likely the vote will be 5-4 with Justice Anthony Kennedy casting the deciding vote, says Joel Kurtzberg of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Compliance, Past And Future

    Hui Chen

    More than any other statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has fueled the growth of the compliance industry. While the expansion of corporate compliance is a positive development, the fear-driven and FCPA-centric approach has also produced unfortunate consequences, says ethics consultant Hui Chen, who served as the U.S. Department of Justice's first-ever compliance counsel.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

    Patrick Stokes

    The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • FDA Menu Labeling Guidance: Latest Step On A Long Road

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    Nutrition labeling on chain restaurant menus and vending machines, mandated by the Affordable Care Act, advanced last month with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's publication of draft guidance on the controversial topic. The FDA continues work toward implementing the law, but each step seems to uncover novel issues, says Arthur DeCelle of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.